California Rep. Darrell Issa says the FBI has a “slam dunk” case against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior aide Huma Abedin that it’s itching to prosecute.
The former House Oversight chairman’s statement on Friday comes just days after former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said his contacts in the agency will “blow the whistle and go public” if Attorney General Loretta Lynch does not prosecute.
“I think the FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak,” Issa said at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s New Hampshire campaign headquarters on Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported. “I think he’s in a position where he’s being forced to triple-time make a case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk.”
Approximately 100 FBI special agents are assigned to an investigation that will determine if the former secretary of state violated a subsection of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence” in handling government documents. Dozens of agents were required to sign non-disclosure forms before examining classified information and trying to determine whether co-mingling of the Clinton Foundation and State Department business violated public corruption laws.
“You can’t have 1,300 highly sensitive emails that contain highly sensitive material that’s taken all, or in part from classified documents, and have it be an accident,” Issa said, the newspaper reported. “There’s no question, she knew she had a responsibility and she circumvented it. And she circumvented it a second time when she knowingly let highly classified material get onto emails in an unclassified format.”
Issa’s and DeLay’s comments also follow an exclusive Fox News investigation that revealed Clinton had beyond “top secret” intelligence pass through her “home brew” email server. The network obtained an unclassified letter by Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III that shows Clinton’s server contained intelligence known as “special access programs,” or SAP.
“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels,” said the Jan. 14 IG letter to lawmakers with oversight of the intelligence community and State Department. “According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”
Issa said that FBI Director James Comey would have an uphill battle to get the Obama administration to prosecute Clinton – even with a “slam dunk” case.
“I’ve worked with both the last attorney general … and this attorney general, and I really don’t believe they’ll do it,” Issa told the newspaper. “Doing it, by definition, would end her run for president.”